In pictures: A show dedicated to Ramses the Great features ancient Egyptian statues, glittering jewelry and a virtual reality experience

A rare exhibit dedicated to ancient Egyptian ruler Ramses the Great has landed at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Titled “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,” the show features a shimmering trove of over 180 artifacts that help tell the story of Ramses II and his epic 67-year reign.

The pharaoh earned his nickname “the Great” for good reason. He reigned during the New Kingdom in the 19th Dynasty, which is considered the golden age of Egypt, and he erected statues, temples, monuments and obelisks and expanded the reach of the country, establishing cities in the Nile Delta and beyond. Ramesses’ military prowess has been documented in reliefs and sculptures, and his likeness celebrated in art and architecture. His face is one of the most recognizable of the ancient Egyptians, arguably second only to King Tutankhamun.

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

The exhibition, which was curated by former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass and runs until February 12, 2023, offers a brilliant juxtaposition of ancient history and modern technology. Virtual reality components immerse visitors in the world of the 19th dynasty, and photo murals are projected on the gallery walls in bright colors. Drone photography and multimedia productions help recreate important scenes from Ramesses’ life, including the Battle of Kadesh, considered the greatest tank battle of all time.

There are also objects that have never left Egypt, thanks to a collaboration between the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt and World Heritage Exhibitions.

Below, discover the highlights of the exhibition.

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Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Sennedjem’s outer coffin with lid on a wooden sledge Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Lid of the falcon-headed coffin of Sheshonq II Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Egyptian Wendjebauendjed funerary mask, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Upper part of a colossal of Ramesses II
Egyptian, Ashmunein, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Head of a colossal statue of Ramses II Egyptian, Memphis, Temple of Ptah, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reworked from a Middle Kingdom king. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Heset ewer inscribed for Ahmose I, Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty.  Egyptian Museum, Cairo.  Photograph by Sandro Vannini Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Heset ewer inscribed for Ahmose I
Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vanini. Courtesy of San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

Installation view of

Installation view of ‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs’ at the De Young Museum. Photo courtesy of World Heritage Exhibitions.

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